Global Payments Inc. (GPN) stock falls, “Buy” rating reaffirmed by Stifel Nicolaus Analysts

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) shares fell in early trading today on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock and reiterated thier respective ratings.

U.S. stocks flipped between small losses and gains early Tuesday morning as investors maintained a cautious stance following a sharp postelection rally.

The S&P 500 index SPX, -0.04% was off by about 1 point, or less than 0.1%, at 2,267, with seven of the 11 main sectors trading lower. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.13% was off 33 points, or 0.2%, to 19,853.

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.05% traded in record territory, after closing at an all-time high for the second session in a row on Monday.

Stifel Nicolaus analysts reiterated its Buy rating on Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) in a note to investors, making it one of the more closely watched stocks on Wall Street. The company currently has a rating of Buy on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have issued reports on the company recently, and the company has earned a consensus one-year price target of $84.15, above the opening price of $80.26, a difference of 10.63 percent. Global Payments Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $80.88. Usually, after analysts give a “reiterated rating” report on a stock, they will subsequently issue other revisions, usually followed by a price target change.

Yesterday Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) shares last traded at $79.16, which represents a decrease of $0.63 compared to the previous closing price. Opening at $80.26, they fluctuated from $79.03 and $80.45 throughout the day.

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) now has a market cap of 12.17B.

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) Average Daily Trading Volume

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,223,590 shares out of a total float 152,586,000 and some 194,160 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 66 percent lower than the norm. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as investors often use increases in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

While increased trading for one day will not mean much, however, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks sends a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to ensure you are buying the right stocks.

Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

Trades for Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN) have ranged from $51.29 – 80.88, and the stock now has a 50-day MA of $71.13 and 200-day MA of $73.49. Today’s last price is 2.13%% under the 52 week high of $80.88.

Earnings growth is a crucial factor to consider when buying stocks and investors seek companies that have been successful at growing their earnings at least 25% or more over 3 consecutive years.

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